Team Sky, led by Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, said race coach Bobby Julich left after admitting doping as a professional rider in the late 1990s.
The American joined the British team at the start of the 2011 season and worked with riders including Chris Froome, who finished second to Wiggins at this year’s Tour.
Julich, 40, left Sky after the team reiterated its position last week that it wouldn’t work with “those with an involvement in doping, whether past or present.” The Texan, riding for Cofidis, finished third in the Tour in 1998, the year that the Festina team was kicked out because of a doping scandal. Julich never finished in the top 10 after that year.
“Bobby has shown courage in admitting to the errors he made long before his time with Team Sky,” team principal Dave Brailsford said today in a statement on the squad’s website. “It’s important to emphasize that there have been no doubts about his work with us or his approach as a coach. He has done a good job and been a good colleague.”
The sport is still dealing with the fallout from the decision by its governing body, the International Cycling Union, not to appeal the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s ruling to strip Lance Armstrong of his record seven Tour de France titles and ban him from competition in sanctioned events after he declined to contest doping allegations. Armstrong, 41, has denied performance-enhancing drug use and said he never failed a drug test.